Rufus Norris

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Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Writer David Hare Starring
  • Pal Aron
  • Hiran Abeysekera
  • Esh Alladi
  • Nathalie Armin
    National Theatre

    Based on the award-winning book by Katherine Boo, David Hare's adaptation is set in the Annawadi slum in Mumbai. Examining global economic challenges and the chasm between rich and poor in modern India, the play follows the lives of those living in the slum.

    Zehrunisa and her son Abdul aim to recycle enough rubbish to fund a proper house. Sunil, twelve and stunted, wants to eat until he’s as tall as Kalu the thief. Asha seeks to steal government anti-poverty funds to turn herself into a ‘first-class person’, while her daughter Manju intends to become the slum’s first female graduate.

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers

    The rain of garbage, the rain itself, the roaring of the overhead planes, all this is done with a great and glorious whoosh Michael Coveney
    What's On Stage

    Rufus Norris’s richly detailed production boasts a strong ensemble and captures the sheer arbitrariness of the slum-dwellers’ lives. Henry Hitchings
    Evening Standard

    the evening unforgettably communicates a shaming sense of a world in which life is cheap and a piece of detritus – obtained by hook or crook – can be the gateway to transient salvation Dominic Cavendish
    The Telegraph

    the colour, noise, life, the pungent smell of spice and sweat of Boo’s world, vividly recreated in incoming National Theatre artistic director Rufus Norris’ production Ben Dowell
    The Stage

    the pulsating vigour of the production by Rufus Norris... without in any way sentimentalising slum life, the play leaves one deeply affected by its stress on the possibility of goodness in a world of desperate deprivation. Michael Billington
    The Guardian

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